South Dakota FFA Foundation, Inc.
SD FFA Foundation Email Newsletter ~ | ~ Volume 7, Issue 9 ~ | ~ April 2017

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The SD FFA Email Newsletter highlights special projects of the SD FFA and SD FFA Foundation.  Please forward this newsletter to others you know who are involved and interested in FFA and agriculture education. Thank you for your support of the FFA in South Dakota!Enhance

Director’s Call to Convention:

State Convention is days away, and anticipation is high as students dream of winning a state CDE, scholarship, proficiency award, agriscience area, meeting new and old friends, or earning a state FFA office.  Enhance!  FFA members will speak, compete, do, serve, grow, and proudly own what they do in the blue jacket. Members from 84 chapters becoming leaders and owning their actions!  We hope you can join in the excitement.  Check out the schedule: pdf, join us, watch live streaming of convention sessions, thanks to the McCook Central FFA Chapter

Or follow results on the SD FFA Foundation Facebook page.  There is a lot to take in ... the sponsor/VIP reception, Past State Officer Reception, Career Carnival, leadership & educational workshops, State Degree banquet, keynote speaker Hugh Weber, 15 Career Development Events, and lots of awards and scholarships.  Don't miss it!

Gerri Ann Eide, Executive Director, SD FFA Foundation, Inc.

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How can FFA members do it? With YOU helping them TRANSFORM as leaders, putting purpose into action!

Convention would not happen without all the generous sponsors and volunteers to give of their time and finances.  THANK YOU to each sponsor for making the awards, scholarships, state degrees & banquet, workshops, career carnival, speakers, new officer jackets/ties/COD, career development events, service project and general convention possible.  It takes nearly $70,000 to make it all happen. Payton

Payton Antoine, Winner FFA Senior says, “FFA made me a better person, a better leader and a better friend.  I learned there’s no growth in my comfort zone and no comfort in my growth zone. The biggest thing I will take away from my FFA experience is learning how to lead and help others, not just myself, become better. Thanks to the sponsors who made all of my FFA experiences possible!” You are greatly appreciated!


Upcoming events:

  • April 23-25 – State FFA Convention, Brookings
  • May 15 American Degree Applications Due
  • June 16 Leadership Retreat Scholarship Applications Due
  • June 7-9 - SD Range Camp
  • June 20-21 Rangeland & Soils Days, Wall
  • June 27-30 East River Leadership Retreat: Swan Lake
  • July 11-14 West River Leadership Retreat: Custer
  • July 30 – Aug 2 – SDAAE Conference, Brookings


Where to go at Convention:

  • VIP & Sponsor reception - Sunday 6pm - HPER, Upper level foyer

  • PSO gathering - Sunday 4:30pm - HPER 104

  • Workshops - Monday 9-3 - Student Union VBR, 253C, 255, 262, 265, & 269

  • Career Carnival - Monday 9-3, Student Union Upper Level Gallery, Crazy Horse & Prairie Lounges

  • Living 2 Serve Project – Monday 9- HPER Upper level foyer

  • State Degree Banquet - Monday 5pm, SDSU Student Union Volstorff Ballroom

  • All sessions and award presentations - HPER Frost Arena

owlHere by the Owl

FFA advisors have been “Here by the Owl” mentoring students for over 85 years. FFA advisors impact personal growth, career choices and leadership skills? As a way to say “Thank you,” the SD FFA Foundation has a special program in their honor.  See what past members are saying about their advisors,  and share how an FFA advisor influenced your life.


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